Sandy's Wind, Rain to Brush Orlando; Dangerous Surf Threat

By , Meteorologist
October 25, 2012; 3:33 AM
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Rain, wind, dangerous surf and beach erosion are all possible impacts of Sandy as the storm moves east of Florida.

Sandy is expected to pass more than a couple hundred miles to the east of Orlando Friday afternoon into early Saturday as a massive Category 1 hurricane.

Orlando will largely be spared the rain from the outer bands of Sandy with 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch forecast, so flooding should not be a major concern. Areas along the immediate central coastline, however, could receive up to an inch of rain.

Meanwhile, the southeastern coast of Florida will be slammed by torrential downpours, with as much as 2-4 inches of rain in Miami. Localized flooding will be a bigger concern there as a result.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph will fall just shy of tropical storm force along the central coast of Florida Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. In Orlando, gusts will reach 30-35 mph. Minimal damage is anticipated with this magnitude of wind.

Rough surf, numerous and strong rip currents and beach erosion are other concerns as Sandy moves east of the area. Waves as high as 8-10 feet will pound the coast Friday afternoon into Saturday.

For a larger version of the hurricane path, visit the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.

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